Camerons Brewery We Are Family Festival 150th year anniversary celebrations.
On the 19th September 2015 Hartlepool Marina aims to host its first major music event at the Jacksons Landing site celebrating and showcasing some of the finest talent in the North East.
WE ARE FAMILY Festival is curated and produced by Hartlepool collective The Jar Family and will feature exciting performances by some of the greatest musicians from the area. Showcasing over 15 artists WE ARE FAMILY presents a diverse range of artists such as Sunderland’s rootsy psych pop outfit Hyde & Beast, indie rock band Frankie & The Heartstrings, Newcastle’s northern funk duo Smoove & Turrell and Hartlepool heroes The Jar Family themselves, alongside a wealth of breaking talent and special guests.
The event is, however, subject to the necessary planning and licensing permissions being granted by Hartlepool Council.
WE ARE FAMILY Festival are working alongside local organisations including Hartlepool Borough Council and Camerons Brewery to bring a vibrant and innovative festival to Hartlepool. Hosted at Jacksons Landing, a 5,000 capacity venue which has been disused for over a decade, WE ARE FAMILY will regenerate and transform the superbly located facility into a top class event hub. With an entrance price of only £6 per person WE ARE FAMILY is a bold move to galvanise the area with an accessible music event of distinction.
Jar Family member Max Bianco says “We wanted to create something that really celebrated the vast musical talent in the North East and to acknowledge the support the local population has given us… and give them something to smile about!”
Dali from the band says “We’re always blown away that there’s a Poolie in the crowd at every gig, wherever we are in the country. We really want the town to get behind this so we can host one every year!”
The Jar Family are synonymous with the North East, from playing to an 80,000 strong crowd in Stockton-on-Tees to taking part in the BBC’s Music Day Hadrian’s Wall Of Sound event with a live performance on a boat speeding up the Tyne, they are now firmly established as one of the biggest live acts in the area. Conceived from the Hartlepool music scene, they have forged a distinctive style of North-East blues & roots, uniquely coined as ‘industrial folk’. Their new album, produced by acclaimed producer Rupert Christie, will be titled FAMILY FIRST and is set for release on September 4th.
Camerons Brewery, which was established in 1865, remains one of the oldest traditional breweries in the North East and is currently one of the largest employers in Hartlepool. The brewery, which is celebrating its 150th birthday, will use WE ARE FAMILY Festival to showcase its own range of cask ales along with a selection of beers from the fantastic breweries in the region.
Marketing Manager for Camerons Brewery Yousef Doubooni says “2015 is an important year for us and we are hugely proud and excited to be involved in the Jacksons Landing event as part of our 150th anniversary. The combination of great beer and quality music will create an amazing atmosphere and provides the perfect way to commemorate our birthday celebrations, plus an opportunity to give something back to the town. Through this collaboration with WE ARE FAMILY and The Jar Family, Camerons is continuing to reach out and engage with even broader audiences and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this festival will have on the local community.”
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Jacksons Landing forms a key part of the Regeneration Masterplan for the Marina and surrounding area and we will be coming forward with options to develop the site over the summer.
“In the meantime, hosting a major music event is an excellent way to utilise the site, but it is of course subject to the appropriate planning and licensing permissions being granted.”
WE ARE FAMILY tickets are £6 per person and are available online from 9am Friday June 26th here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/we-are-family-festival-tickets/182447
And in person at Christ Church Booking Office, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ. Tel – 01429 890000
For more information visit www.wearefamilyfestival.com and follow us on Twitter @WeAreFamilyFest